Swahili language is big! About 150,000,000 speak that language, one of the official languages of African Union. Plus, Swahili is also one key language in both research and teaching at University of Helsinki, Africa Studies in the Department of World Cultures.
It remains also a fascinating communication tool that informs and reflects the history of Swahili people residing the coast of Eastern Africa, and tells the story of empire builders, traders and slaves during the past five centuries.
The Finnish writer Katriina Ranne is among other authors who come closer to Swahili people in Tanzania. She shares her experience and expertise. Why is Zanzibar her second home?
(Picture by Denis Vinokur)